Press Release

A decade of securing Europe’s cyber future. The EU’s cyber security Agency ENISA is turning ten, and is looking at future challenges.

In the “eternal marathon” against cyber criminals, there is a “constant, increasing need for ENISA”.

Published on March 14, 2014

On 14th March 2004, the first ENISA regulation was adopted by the EU (by the Council and the European Parliament). Ten years on, cyber security is even more crucial for the economy. As such, cyber security is high on the political and societal agenda. The ten-year milestone will be celebrated throughout the year with international and local events, taking stock of the past, as well as looking at the developments over the years, with a particular focus on future challenges.

The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, commented: “I am proud of what ENISA has achieved so far by successfully giving support to strengthen the cyber security capability in Europe through its prevention and preparedness activities. Examples include:


Throughout this period, we have been a bridge between the public and private sectors, providing unique, independent advice with an EU-focus on cyber security.

Although we are proud of what we have achieved so far over the past decade, we are still not satisfied. The battle with the cyber criminals is ongoing, like an “eternal marathon”. In addition, the political and societal demands on cyber security are constantly rising. This will be even more so in the future. We will face an increased need for more cyber security and a bigger, stronger and more enhanced ENISA in a digital society. This is necessary in order to reap the benefits of new technologies and business models, whilst containing the associated risks to a reasonable level.

We thank our stakeholders for their support during the first ten years of the Agency, during which ENISA has evolved from a start-up to a mature organisation. We now we look forward to our further collaboration,” Executive Director Helmbrecht concludes.

Statement by Vice President and EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes "Europe's citizens and businesses are increasingly going online bringing a huge benefit to our economy and society. But they have the right to stay secure when they do so: and they won't use what they can't trust. Combined with strong EU legislation for network and information security, ENISA's work is helping us build that trust and security, to make Europe the world's safest online space. I congratulate ENISA for their work over the last 10 years and wish them the best of luck for the next 10 too."


Background: EU Cyber Security Strategy

For interviews; Ulf Bergström, Senior Corporate Communications Officer and Spokesman, [email protected], mobile: + 30 6948 460 143, or Dr Steve Purser, Head of Core Operations, (through secretary) [email protected]



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